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post #11 of 14 Old 06-28-2015, 08:08 AM
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So I'm sure I'm not the only one but my gelding has a fungus, I assume, on the front of his back legs. I've had another horse that had it but I could never get it to go away. It's not rash like in anyway but if you scrap it hair and skin come off. Surely someone must also know what I'm talking about. I don't have a picture but it's like dandruff or eczema, but both combined. I know leaving it alone doesn't let it go away and I do live in a rather damp environment so it's impossible to keep truly dry. Anyone know of a product that can help me rid him of this skin condition? Sorry again for not having a photo. I can post one tomorrow if needed. He also gets it in his underarms (I'm not riding so the girth can't bother it). Thanks in advance!
Heya, sounds like rain scald (dermatophylosis) to me. The way you described it is typical, as it the site - rear cannons. Paddock horses can also get it on their ears, and in various other places. It's a microbial infection which usually gets worse during wet, warm conditions. The microbe is pretty ubiquitous and found in soil and some people think there is a connection between fat-soluble vitamin status and the ability to resist this infection. One thing that's certain is that biting insects help the zoospores of the bacteria enter the skin and set up infection. Targeted medicated shampoos help clear it up. Good luck!

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post #12 of 14 Old 06-28-2015, 06:00 PM
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take a biopsey just in case its ringworm you say its on your other it in leagons and scabs and the fur falls out.
if you have wooden stables wash down with a horse frendley disinfectant like vercon e as ring worm is a fungus not a worm.
clean all grooming kits ect.
we had it i sprayed every thing from the yard to the trees in the paddock to the fence posts.
i fought it on the out side with an anti fungal was from my vet and also granuals of antibiotics to fight it fom with in so i got rid of it in a pincer movement.
all because my barn owner brought a pony home with it in the end we had 6 with it i treated it and won the day.
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-01-2015, 10:41 PM
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I read this thread a few weeks ago and thought "I am sooo glad I don't live in humid, damp, funky country anymore." Then...

I get a horse in for legging up with cannon crud. The horse is from So Cal. Where he's from and where he is now has had less than 4" of precip this year. Definitely urine scald.

I called the new owner and reported. New owner happens to be a vet. I knew what I would use. I figured he'd have some magical potion. Not quite.

He told me to make a weak solution of warm water and Dawn dish soap, wash well, remove the crusted area, rinse well. Good grief. That isn't even medicine.

Two applications, four days apart and it is cleared up.
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-02-2015, 01:49 PM
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Dawn is good stuff- I've certainly used it on this (and scratches, and rain rot, and thrush). Mostly it's about cleaning all the nastiness off/out so the skin can get dry/have good airflow and then just letting the body take care of the rest.
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